As pandemic rages, women and girls face intensified risks

UNITED NATIONS, New York – As the COVID-19 pandemic rages around the world, governments are taking unprecedented measures to limit the spread of the virus, ramping up health system responses and announcing movement restrictions affecting millions. But amid these efforts, policymakers must not lose sight of the vulnerabilities of…

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UNFPA COVID-19 Updates- Reproductive Health During Coronavirus

In times of crisis like the COVID-19 outbreak, healthcare systems are overburdened. Providing essential care – like family planning, prenatal and delivery care, and care after experiencing gender-based violence – becomes more challenging. UNFPA, the United Nations reproductive health and rights agency, is continuing to reach the world’s…

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Coronavirus, the Elderly, and Pregnant Women: How UNFPA Supports the World’s Most Vulnerable Populations

UNFPA has been following the coronavirus outbreak and tracking its effects on the world’s most vulnerable: the elderly, pregnant women, new moms, and newborns.  COVID-19, more commonly called coronavirus, has begun circulating the globe at an alarming rate. Coronavirus has infected over 100,000 people worldwide. Just under 5,000…

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The Current State of Rohingya Refugees and Reproductive Health

Today, approximately 1.2 million Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh require humanitarian aid. Most refugees live in crowded, landslide-prone and hygiene-poor conditions where essential reproductive healthcare is limited.   UNFPA has been in Cox’s Bazar since the beginning of the Rohingya crisis in 2015 and continues to provide emergency care and address harmful practices. Cyclone Bulbul hit Cox’s Bazar in November 2019…

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What is gender-based violence (GBV)?

Is it different from domestic violence? What about violence against women? The terms gender-based violence, domestic violence, and violence against women convey similar concepts and are often used interchangeably. However, there are important distinctions between them and their implications for policymakers, care providers, and survivors. Breaking down these differences is important for understanding how survivors…

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Maternal death in Morocco declining thanks to midwives, but more support needed

RABAT, Morocco – Madame Najat Baloui, a midwife in Casablanca, vividly remembers a childbirth that went horribly wrong. “A woman was delivering vaginally,” Ms. Baloui recalled. “After several hours, the labour stopped suddenly.” Realizing the woman was at risk of uterine rupture, Ms. Baloui rushed her patient to an…

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In rural Zambia, midwives at the Bwacha Health Center provide quality maternal care

Central Province, Zambia – “Every time I report for work, I strive to offer quality services to mothers, including conducting deliveries and discussing infant nutrition and care with new mothers,” says Flavor Kangwa, a midwife at Bwacha Health Center in Zambia’s Central Province. Skilled midwives like Ms. Kangwa are…

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Left in the Dark: How Period Taboos Put Women and Girls at Risk

Periods are a nightmare. Hers are worse. Every day, girls around the world have their first menstrual cycle. A period is a natural and healthy part of a woman’s reproductive health.  For those who are equipped with information, hygiene products, and a supportive community, their first period can be exciting. In Sri Lanka,…

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Cut to the Core: The Long-Term Effects of FGM

Female genital mutilation, or FGM, is a procedure in which a woman’s reproductive organs are cut, pierced, or otherwise manipulated. The procedure is painful or even fatal when it takes place, but the negative impacts of FGM last a lifetime. Contrary to popular belief, FGM is not sanctioned…

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Sex and Religion: How UNFPA Challenges Taboos

Eight of every ten people in the world follow some sort of religious practice. Faith often plays a significant role in how someone interacts with their community, what social services they have access to, how their family is structured, and how they approach questions of life, love, and…

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